Jim Cummings – How he wrote, directed and starred in his brilliant debut feature film ‘Thunder Road’ with Giles Alderson & Christian James

Jim Cummings joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) to talk about his debut feature film Thunder Road.

Jim wrote, directed and starred in the film which was developed from his short film of the same name which won the grand Jury prize in Sundance.

He tells us about his journey from making shorts as a producer to doing it yourself, where the idea for Thunder Road came from and how he ended up the lead in his own short and subsequent feature film.

Thunder Road is a hilarious tragi-comedy which follows the life of Jim, a police officer on the verge of a mental breakdown following the death of his mother and the breakdown of his marriage.  Thunder Road is released i the UK on Friday 31st May

Having self-funded the film via Kickstarter, it’s a testament to independent film-making and is a real passion project for Jim. The film also has lots of interesting angles to explore such as how it has had the seal of approval from Bruce Springsteen whose song it is named after, how it deals with topical mental health including the stigma around men being able to show emotion and it’s comment on the current state of the American police force.

Links

Thunder Road trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFSrtVN1i6A

Thunder Road CINEMA LISTINGS http://thunderroadfilm.co.uk/seances

Jim Cummings on Twitter @jimmycthatsme

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How to Make a Guerrilla Style Road Trip Indie Film with ‘I Love My Mum’ director Alberto Sciamma & Producer Matt Hookings with Giles Alderson, Dom Lenoir and Robbie McKane

Joining us this week is Director and Screenwriter Alberto Sciamma who talks about his new film I Love My Mum and how we made it Guirilla Style across europe.

Giles Alderson is joined by Producer and actor Matt Hookings, Director Dom Lenoir (Winter Ridge) and our producer /editor Robbie McKane

They talk about Alberto’s debut feature Killer Tongue and how he got finance from the American film market, How he found a Spanish production company and shooting a film in Spain

The learning process of making his debut film Black Death, where he directed stars Lena Headey and Jason Flemyng 
The on his second feature, Jericho Mansions he directed star James Caan !

Alberto’s talks to us about his screenwriting process. Writing an idea from a seed and how to steal ideas from multiple sources

We discuss his third feature Bite / Blood Trap which he shot in Italy with a large friendly cast 
and finally we chat about his latest film I Love My Mum (Out on 31st May in the UK), the difficulty in funding. Collaborating with Matt and fellow producer Alexa Waugh, Shooting Guerrilla Filmmaking Style in Spain, Italy, France, Morocco and the UK and we discuss the Distribution of the film.

LINKS

I Love my Mum Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi5e6u_a55

Raindance

Do you remember your first one? The first iconic indie movie that got you into films? Our friends at Raindance are going to bring a selection of iconic indie movies on the big screen in front of young audiences, but in order to do so, they need your help. Help them make independent cinema accessible to everyone by donating to their crowdfunding campaign in aid of the Emerging Filmmakers Strand at Raindance 2019 – a programme of unique cinematic experiences for 12-25 year old audiences including filmmaking masterclasses, screenings of cult indie films, and Q&As. Donate now to help them make a difference!
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How to Produce and Direct indie films with Stéphanie Joalland & Sean McConville with Giles Alderson and Chrstian James

Joining Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) this week are film-making duo Stéphanie Joalland & Sean McConville from Frenzy films who discuss how they make their films. From writing, raising finance and getting them seen.

Stéphanie Joalland grew up in a small town in Brittany, France. She moved to America to study producing, directing and screenwriting at UCLA where she graduated in 2008. After writing, co-producing and directing her first feature film THE QUIET HOUR, Stéphanie is now developing her next projects as a writer/director: THE SEEDLING and ICE. Stéphanie is an alumna of Berlinale Talents and IFP Emerging Narrative in New York.

Sean McConville began his career as a Special Effects technician on big budget studio films, including STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE, MORTAL KOMBAT, and James Bond movies GOLDENEYE and TOMORROW NEVER DIES. Sean has a Master of Arts Degree in Screenwriting from the London College of Communications. After graduating LCC Sean moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, and graduated in 2004. Sean’s debut feature film as a writer/director, DEADLINE, starred Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch, showcased at Berlin, Cannes, and the American Film Market in Los Angeles, where it sold for distribution to 40 territories around the world including the U.S.

WATCH: Deadline https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadline-DVD-Brittany-Murphy/dp/B003L14TA2/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_3?keywords=deadline+sean+mcconville&qid=1557790500&s=gateway&sr=8-3-fkmrnull

WATCH: A Quiet Hour: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-Hour-Dakota-Blue-Richards/dp/B011KYC8RM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=Q0HJ3LX9HW43&keywords=the+quiet+hour&qid=1557790449&s=gateway&sprefix=The+Quiet+Hour%2Caps%2C125&sr=8-1

FRENZY FILMS https://frenzyfilms.co.uk/

THE LAST MOON – film https://thelastmoonfilm.com/

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How to Co-Direct an Indie Feature Film funded by friends to making a huge Disney Studio Movie with director Zach Lipovski and host Giles Alderson

Zach Lipovski joins Giles Alderson to chat how he went from making indie films (FREAKS) with his friends and family’s money to making an huge studio movie for Disney with his film KIM POSSIBLE

Zach talks about making his ace indie film Freaks and how to work with young actors – auditioning them and on set. How to cast, direct and work with named actors such as Bruce Dern & Emile Hirsh and how he was encouraged by Mark Duplass.

He tells of some great ways on how you co-direct a feature film (in his case with Adam B Stein) and the positives and negatives of that.

The difference between indie and studio films, Script writing – out lining. and the importance of not just listening to one opinion

How he co created the App Shot Lister that helps filmmakers and how opportunities come from the places you wouldn’t expect. He also gives you some great advice for your film-making journey.

And he talks about his latest feature film the Disney backed Kim Possible and how it all came about.

LINKS

Shot Lister http://www.shotlister.com/

WIN your COPY of Shot Lister – LISTEN to the PODCAST for instructions

FREAKS – A genre-bending sci-fi thriller, a bold girl discovers a threatening and mysterious world after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control. TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=uDVeBW-DSS8

Follow Zach on twitter here https://twitter.com/zachlipovsky

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WATCH Fanged Up https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fanged-Up-Daniel-OReilly/dp/B07F83JN6G/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1542670909&sr=1-1&keywords=fanged

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